This Sunday there is a huge Día de los Muertos festival in my new neighborhood! It's sponsored by today's Feel Good Friday organization, The Unity Council.
As explained in the "about us" section of the website, "The Unity Council is a non-profit community development corporation committed to enriching the quality of life for Oakland residents, with a focus on the Fruitvale neighborhood. Our Mission is to help families and individuals build wealth and assets through comprehensive programs of sustainable economic, social, and neighborhood development."
Established in 1964 to ensure political representation of the Latino community during the civil rights movement, the Unity Council has grown into a $19 million community development organization that reaches 8,000 clients each year. The Unity Council mission statement: "We believe everyone should have the opportunities to find self-sufficiency and advancement, no matter their language, background, or neighborhood." is reflected in their development programs.
Programs cover everyone! From children participating in head-start groups through career exploration for teens to a senior center that provides activities and educational classes to those 50 and up. There is a career center that can help with job search and job readiness, a Business Improvement District which supports local businesses and organizes neighborhood cleanups and a Farmer's Market! You can check out the full list of programs here.
If you want to support the work of The Unity Council and live in or around Fruitvale, you can volunteer your time. No matter where you live you can always donate your money!
Stay in the loop by liking their Facebook page, following them on Twitter @TheUnityCouncil and going to the festival on Sunday! I'll be there (after I do some more packing) so let's connect!